Helping Adults With Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Achieve Excellence

ABOUT LEARNING OPTIONS CENTER

Learning Options Center, Inc. is in the process of developing programs to improve the lives and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing opportunities through life trainings and daily activities that enhance metacognitive skills to promote self-reliance at home, work and in the community.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization organized and operated for charitable expenses. Learning Options Center Inc. located in Montgomery County; Conroe, Texas will provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Entirely focusing on efforts to help our clients develop and maintain life skills in the areas of daily living skills, recreation and leisure activities, vocational training and academic/literacy training programs.

ADULT DAY PROGRAMS

Our Adult Day Programs will utilize our soon to be built faciltiy, as well as a broad variety of off-campus community sites to provide learning opportunities, skill-building activities and self-sufficiency building activities to optimize their personal and social competencies. Our Clients will engage in weekly community outings, community involvement, social skills training and group therapy and individual counseling.

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

Learning Options Center offers a wide variety of employment services from benefits education to comprehensive training on obtaining and retaining employment. On site and offsite job training skills wil be provided. Our clients will learn how to search jobs, fill out applications, interviewing skills and how to dress and present self for a job interview. Volunteer opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities are available.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Our clients will engage in hands on math skills, problems solving skills, reading skills and computer skills through daily programmed activities. We will engage our clients in real life situations and role playing activities that will enhance their counting abilities and increase their ability to read from various sources of media such as community signs for safety awareness at home and in the community.

DAILY LIVING SKILLS PROGRAMS

Our Clients will learn important life training skills such as shopping skills, meal planning, cooking skills and budgeting skills. We will also teach our clients independent living skills like cooking, washing clothes, cleaning skills and other independent daily living skills for home and the community.

LEARNING OPTIONS CENTER TEAM

Dr. Rebecca Nevins

Dr. Rebecca Nevins

President - Executive Director

Dr. Rebecca Nevins is the founder of Learning Options Center, Inc. She has 18 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Nevins currently lives in Montgomery County, Conroe, Texas with her husband and son.  Dr. Rebecca Nevins has taught special education at the secondary, middle and elementary school levels. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Art in Education Leadership and a Doctorate in Education Leadership. Dr. Nevins holds certification in the areas of Special Education and School Administration.

More team members to come!

AT LEARNING OPTIONS CENTER

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 INFORMATION ON Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (idd’S)

What are Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)?

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are disorders that are usually present at birth and that negatively affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development. Many of these conditions affect multiple body parts or systems.

Intellectual disability starts any time before a child turns 18 and is characterized by problems with both:

  • Intellectual functioning or intelligence, which include the ability to learn, reason, problem solve, and other skills; and
  • Adaptive behavior, which includes everyday social and life skills.

The term “developmental disabilities” is a broader category of often lifelong disability that can be intellectual, physical, or both.

“IDD” is the term often used to describe situations in which intellectual disability and other disabilities are present.

 

It might be helpful to think about IDDs in terms of the body parts or systems they affect or how they occur. For example:

> Nervous System

These disorders affect how the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system function, which can affect intelligence and learning. These conditions can also cause other problems such as behavioral disorders, speech or language difficulties, seizures, and trouble with movement. Cerebral palsy,5Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are examples of IDDs related to problems with the nervous system.

> Sensory System

These disorders affect the senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell) or how the brain processes or interprets information from the senses. Preterm infants and infants exposed to infections, such as cytomegalovirus, may have problems with their eyesight and/or hearing. In addition, being touched or held can be difficult for people with ASDs.

> Metabolism

These disorders affect how the body uses food and other materials for energy and growth. For example, how the body breaks down food during digestion is a metabolic process. Problems with these processes can upset the balance of materials available for the body to function properly. Too much of one thing, or too little of another can cause problems with overall body and brain function. Phenylketonuria (PKU) and congenital hypothyroidism are examples of metabolic conditions that can lead to IDDs.

> Degenerative

Individuals with degenerative disorders may seem or be normal at birth and may develop normally for a time, but then they begin to lose skills, abilities, and functions because of the condition. In some cases, the problem may not be detected until the child is an adolescent or adult and starts to show signs of loss of function. Some degenerative disorders result from other conditions, such as untreated problems of metabolism.

The exact definition of IDD, as well as the different types or categories of IDD, may vary depending on the source of the information.

For example, within the context of education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that aims to ensure educational services to children with disabilities throughout the nation, the definition of IDD and the types of conditions that are considered IDD might be different from the definitions and categories used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide services and support for those with disabilities. These definitions and categories might also be different from those used by health care providers and researchers.

TESTIMONIALS

Coming soon.

“This place has a caring and fun staff. They are always involved in the activities and the food is good. And the participants are allowed to have ideas.” – Bob V.

“Dance, Dream, Love, Live….we need to add Smile and Think.” – Billy F

“My mother loves this place and talks about it all the time and she is so proud of her walking group.” – Mary G
“We couldn’t go on vacation because my dad INSISTED on attending the LOC Adult Day Program.” – Earnest R

CONTACT US

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